LAKE POWELL – One of the bodies of the two missing women involved in Thursday’s fatal boating accident at Lake Powell was found Sunday evening and identified as 29-year-old Valerie Rae Bradshaw, of Sandy.
Kane County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Alan Alldredge said in a press release that at approximately 7:12 p.m., Sunday, the Utah Highway Patrol dive team located Bradshaw’s body in about 340 feet of water.
The Lake Powell dive team was able to retrieve the body with their robot and transported it to Wahweap Marina. From there it will be taken to the Kane County Sheriff’s Office’s medical investigator. Bradshaw’s body will be cared for by Mosdell Mortuary in Kanab.
Because the body was retrieved late in the day, search efforts were suspended for the night, Alldredge said. The dive team will begin searching in the same area Monday morning in hopes of locating Jessica Jackman.
Both Bradshaw and Jessica Jackman were reported missing after the motorboat they were on with 11 others flipped over after colliding with a houseboat. Following the accident, Marilyn Jackman, 57, of South Jordan, was also pronounced deceased, and three others were taken to hospitals in Arizona for treatment of minor, non-life threatening injuries. Among the injured was Adrian Jackman, 59, Marilyn Jackman’s husband, and an 11-year-old granddaughter.
All of the injured were treated and released from the hospitals the same day. No one on the houseboat with injured.
Alldredge said the accident occurred when the motorboat driver, Adrian Jackman, was distracted by some of the children on the boat and didn’t see the houseboat until it was too late to avoid and clipped it, causing the motorboat to flip over.
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